Plant Shop Seattle—or your apartment? Photo by Chona Kasinger.
Whether you’re a green green thumb or an old-growth expert, the Seattle area’s full of plant shops that’ll help you bring the outside in (or just make the outside nicer).
Miraculous air purifiers or no, the pandemic pauses for no plant shop. Some of these businesses have adjusted their hours, while others require an appointment (including Swansons and City People’s Garden Store). Check in on a shop’s website before visiting.
Decor at this Eastside nursery is classic plant shop (think metal lawn ornaments and cheeky signage), but its gardening selection is a different beast—think tons of niche tools, herbs and seasonal veggie seeds, rare fruiting plants. (Everyone’s on the planting wave this year, so supplies may occasionally be low. Call ahead.)
Looking for a plant-filled afternoon? Brunch at Madison Valley vegetarian mainstay Cafe Flora before sauntering down the block to City People’s Garden Store (skylights, coincidentally, feature prominently in both). Grab Calibrachoa for the porch and Coffea arabica for the windowsill—plus, browse a huge selection of gifts and planters.
This Olive Way offshoot of the Melrose Market–adjacent stalwart has all the same cool friend vibes, but with infinitely more plants and florals lining its front windows. Make an appointment or shop online to pick up a rare snake plant and a bundle of eucalyptus, blue thistle, or another fresh-cut floral from the shop’s ever-rotating stock.
Veer off the Burke-Gilman and into Fremont’s indoor garden oasis to find tropicals like Dieffenbachia, shelves of succulents, easy-to-care-for air plants, and enough hanging vines to turn an apartment into an arboretum—as well as the friendly experts and useful extras to help you care for it all.
This sweet-smelling, pleasantly humid shop houses perfect little specimens of string of pearls and Chinese money plants, rows of colorful pots, and an air plant station. Got room for a bigger garden? Magnolia’s also a strong advocate for urban blueberry farming and counts over 20 varieties on its potential stock list. Just think of the pies.
From the outside looking in, this Fremont shop resembles a gift shop decorated generously with foliage—but inside you’ll find an interior decorator’s paradise of plants, from the rare and expensive to the everyday succulent. Pair with a geometric pot (they’ll plant it for you for a fee) and trick it out with a crystal, a tiny figurine, or other clever extras.
Locations in the Central District and on Capitol Hill offer a handsome snake plant that can live atop the side table you bought from the original Homestead vintage shop—these sister retailers give the same attention to detail and care to their plants as they do to reclaimed furniture. Like so many other retailers, they’ve pivoted to delivery and curbside pickup for the moment.
Head over to White Center for an expansive and affordable selection, including an entire section dedicated to baby-size versions of your favorites (“perfect for plant parents on a budget”) and simple, practical pottery (hello, drainage holes). Even if the trek’s too far, follow this shop on Instagram, stat—owner (and Master in Plant Physiology) Miles Jonard frequently posts instructional videos on topics from how to use fertilizer to why your plants get stressed.
Looking to get all of your shopping done at U Village? No judgment. This locally owned garden store, more on-trend than your traditional gnome-filled shop, sells plants and goods—huge, gorgeous planters, coffee table books—that will fit right in with your Anthropologie haul.
You could buy a potted plant—or you could head to this green thumb’s online haven and grow your own from seed. Too much of a commitment? The site also provides a bit more instant gratification with cabbage-printed phone cases and branded totes.
Seattle’s most beloved nursery sits on five quiet acres just south of Carkeek Park. Warm, serene glass greenhouses hold dahlias and houseplants, macrame wall hangings, and clever pots. In one, there’s a cafe and a pond of enormous koi. Outside, thoughtfully organized trees and shrubs with detailed info cards. It’s worth a visit even if you’ve already filled your planters.
Build a bouquet of dried statice, protea, and mushrooms (yes, really) or incorporate them with fresh flowers at this boutique in the massive 400 Fairview building. Classic succulents and air plants line the shelves and floor too. For not-so-green thumbs, Verde hosts classes that vary according to the season (wreaths, bouquets, terrariums, et cetera).
This spacious complex has something for every plant-related project, be it a major landscaping overhaul, home garden plot, or succulent arrangement for a friend’s birthday. The gift shop is home to houseplants, terrariums, candles, and other trinkets, plus a coffee shop (though it’s currently closed due to Covid-19). And there’s free delivery to West Seattle too. Who needs the bridge, anyhow?